My recent holiday seems such a long time ago, so thought I’d refresh my memory by getting on with writing about my few days in Seville, Spain. If you’ve already read my previous blog about the holiday planning and my few days in Faro you will know that Seville was a stop-off on the way to Cadiz, connecting my bus and train travel. My route may all seem to be a bit convoluted but it was well worth it.
I wouldn’t class myself as someone who loves being in a busy city for more than a few hours so I was a bit apprehensive, thinking after being in Seville for a day (we had planned 2 days) I would keen to move on. However……. I loved Seville. Oozing in history, the pavements were not crowded, the traffic was restricted to the perimeter and the criss-cross of narrow streets balanced the expansive plazas giving the whole place an intimate feel. It was one of those cities where every time you turned a corner you wanted to take a picture. I have far too many to share and they really don’t reflect how impressive the city was.
The weather was fabulous, if like me you enjoy hot sun and blue sky. But don’t be put off by the heat as all the elegant buildings provide much opportunity to walk on the shady side of the street.
It was our first adventure into the world of tapas, with delicious dishes being served whether in a prime-spot restaurant of a small snack bar down a narrow side street. I must admit I struggled with eating so late as is traditional in Spain. I’m early to bed but just had to stay up late (after 10 pm!) to see how the place came alive with families socialising, after 9pm was definitely the start of tapas time. I was also very presently surprised how reasonably priced the food and entrance fees to some of the major sites were… my comparison being the UK.
My highlight was a visit to the Real Alcazar, which apparently was used to film part of Games of Thrones. I’ve never watched Game of Thrones but this backdrop could have only have improved it. It was much much larger than it appeared from the outside and far more impressive than I was expecting. If you get a chance, you should go and stroll amongst luscious gardens and Moorish architecture, what more could you want.
Tiles and mosaics
We didn’t look around Seville Cathedral just appreciated its enormity from the steps opposite. It was undergoing a bit of clean but the scaffolding didn’t spoil the view.
The other tourist site we took a look at was the Metropol Parasol. We couldn’t miss it as it was right outside the door of the hotel where we were staying. It’s a massive wooden structure built to revitalise part of the City. We waited until the evening and then scooted to the top in the elevator where we strolled around the meandering walkway soaking in the panoramic views. Underneath the structure is a large daily food market and many cafes and bars surround it. It has a friendly vibrancy in the evenings.
All in all 2 nights in Seville far exceeded my expectations (I love it when that happens) and definitely warrants another visit. It was city in which to relax and absorb the atmosphere. I left feeling inspired rather than frazzled. I hope I’ve given you a flavour of the city, but pictures can’t replace a real-life visit if you can.
Onwards now by train to Cadiz, backpacks attached, the beach was beckoning.
We stayed room only for 2 nights at the Hotel Palace Sevilla, located in the Old Town so was an ideal base for 2 nights. Rooms we elegantly furnished, quiet, air conditioned with a lovely soft bed and a roof terrace with splendid views across the Metropol Parasol.